What The VA Mission Act Really Means For Veterans

What The VA Mission Act Really Means For Veterans

"We do our veterans no favors by promising care without backing it up with resources", said Sen.

The legislation's biggest costs, though, will come in new doctor's appointments outside the VA system, which now sends roughly a third of veterans to private doctors.

That spurred the Choice Act, which gave veterans access to VA-certified health care providers outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The reforms will be bolstered by $5.2 billion in federal funding to prevent interruption of access to needed care for the nation's military veterans.

"I compared it to putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound", said Burch.

"Now they can go see a doctor", said Trump. Of critical importance to PVA, the MISSION Act will finally expand the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to those veterans injured prior to September 11, 2001.

The White House is pressuring Republican lawmakers not to support the new spending that they say will bust spending caps and rack up more debt. This newest round of funding will allow the program to run until VA finalizes updates to the newly-minted Veterans Community Care Program.

The act establishes standards for veterans to consult with the private sector for "timely and effective care".

President Donald Trump speaks before signing the "VA Mission Act of 2018" during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The new, bipartisan measure consolidates numerous private-care programs that were fragmented and inefficient and drew support from disparate veterans groups that often disagree.

The $51 billion measure builds on legislation passed in 2014 in response to a scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the increase at 640,000 veterans each year, particularly with new authorization for VA to negotiate a contract for care at private walk-in clinics. "By increasing transparency in opioid prescribing, we can identify abuse patterns and ensure our veterans are getting the best possible care".

"Although it is hard to quantify the risk of patient harm, the findings in this report may help facilities identify areas of vulnerability or conditions that, if properly addressed, could improve patient safety and health care quality", the report said.

The VA system structure is now based on the way medical services were provided from the 1960s to the 1980s, he said.

Cox added, "Virginia is one of the most veteran-friendly states in the nation and we've worked hard to provide our veterans with access to education, job training and placement services, and healthcare when they've returned home". Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for more than 17 years, starting in the Los Angeles bureau and going on to cover the White House and Congress.